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An Inspector Calls
Year 11 Revision
5/20/2013

Shannon Brown

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An Inspector Calls

Characters
Mr Birling
Mrs Birling
Shelia Birling
Gerald Croft
Eric Birling
Inspector Goole
Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton
Themes and Images
Social Class
Social Responsibility
Young and Old
Writers Techniques
Staging
Dramatic Techniques
Language
Act 1
Act 2
Act 3

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Characters



Arthur Birling
Mr Birling is upper middle class, successful factory owner who regards himself as a reasonable
man.


Blind to consequences of his actions and to events in the larger world
Makes predictions of the `impossibility of war' which would have seemed laughably optimistic
and short-sighted for the 1945…

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Shelia Birling
Daughter of Mr and Mrs Birling who changes the most throughout the play

Deeply affected by the Inspector's revelations
Gives optimism in the play
Honest character
Lack of cold-blooded attitude of her parents
An accomplice of the Inspector ­ Family's conscience
Inspector's mouthpiece when he has left the…

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An enigmatic figure he doesn't change nor develops

Goole is a pun on `ghoul' which means ghost or spirit
More than one interpretation of who he is
His stage directions stress his purposefulness and deliberate manner
Air of menace about him
He is single ­ minded
Undermines the characters
Those…

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Themes and Images
Status/Social Class
High social class insulates the Birling's and Gerald form the unpleasantness of reality
Birling only worries about the scandal Eric might have caused which would damage the Birlings'
status
Eva is seen as having little value as a human being particularly by Mrs B
Priestley…

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Only worries about business
Doesn't feel guilt

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Writer Technique
Staging
The set is cramped which makes the atmosphere of the play seem intense
Small sets shows that the Birlings are self-centred and how unwelcoming they are to
outsiders
Audience sense problems in Sheila and Gerald's relationship before the Inspector arrives as
Shelia should be `half serious, half…

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